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Yeast free Guide

Why eliminate it?

person serving food on a plateA yeast free diet avoids foods containing yeast or those that feed on yeast. Your immune system can react to yeast if you have a fungal imbalance (most often, candida overgrowth) or the propensity to get an imbalance. Yeast is a fungus and needs a supply of energy for its living and growth. Sugar supplies energy to yeast, so it is important to avoid sugars to stop the overgrowth.

Foods to avoid:

  • All risen bread – Opt for these options instead, Dovedale Rice Bread, Dovedale Paleo Fruit loaf (if fructose is tolerated), Throughbread Sourdough (If honey is tolerated), normal sourdough ( if it has no yeast, and you can tolerate Gluten), or Flat wraps.
  • Fruit, fresh, dried, canned and fruit juices.
  • Marmite and Vegemite
  • Yeast extract
  • Puffed , soft and fluffy baked foods i.e Pastries, muffins, cookies and cake made with regular wheat flour, as these are a source of food for the yeast.
  • Sugar, corn syrup, golden syrup, rice syrup any other sugar derived products, as sugar feeds yeast. Replace with xylitol in baking.
  • Corn, as it is frequently contaminated with mould.
  • Mushrooms, as they are a form of fungi.
  • Peanuts and pistachio nuts, as they are frequently contaminated with mould.
  • All vinegar, except apple cider vinegar
  • Cheese
  • Alcohol particularity Beer, as it contains yeast as part of the fermentation process.
  • Coffee and fermented teas.
  • Any foods that contains yeast: Read ingredients on packaged foods, as yeast may be added.
  • Avoid starchy vegetables such as sweet potatoes/kumera, potatoes, yams, corn, winter squash, beetroot, peas, parsnips and beans.
  • NO processed meats

Allowed foods:

  • Fresh meat, free range chicken and fish
  • Eggs
  • Low starch vegetables: Artichokes, Asparagus, Avocado, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Celery, Cucumber, Eggplant, Garlic (raw), Kale, Olives, Onions, Spinach, Tomatoes, Olives are OK if they are not in distilled white vinegar, Zucchini.
  • Nuts – Almonds, Flax Seed, Hazelnuts, Pecans, Sunflower Seeds, Walnuts
  • Grains,Oats, rice, buckwheat, millet, quinoa
  • Green tea
  • Avocados
  • If dairy is tolerated, Butter, Yoghurt, Organic hormone free milk,
  • Low sugar fruits
  • Xylitol as a sweetener
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Vegetable oils
  • Sourdough (small quantities)
  • Herbs and spices are an excellent way to add flavour to meals, many have anti-fungal properties as well. These include: Basil, Black pepper, Cinnamon, Cloves, Dill, Ginger, Garlic, Oregano, Paprika, Rosemary, Thyme, Turmeric


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